Sir Gerald Strickland (Valletta, May 24, 1861 - Malta, August 22, 1940) was Governor of Tasmania from 1904 to 1909, Governor of Western Australia from 1909 to 1913, Governor of New South Wales from 1913 to 1917 and Prime Minister of Malta from 1927 to 1932.
The son of a Naval officer and his mother, the niece of a Maltese count who later succeeded to the title of Count of Catena. Served in both Maltese and English Governments.
Lord Gerald Strickland, Conte della Catania, the son of Walter Strickland and Louisa Bonnici Mompalao, and pursued his studies in Malta, England and Italy. In 1887 he was elected to the Council of Government, and in the following year he was appointed Chief Secretary, a post which he held till 1902 when he was nominated Governor of the Leeward Island (1902‑1904). He was also Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia and New South Wales. In 1917 Count Strickland returned to Malta and after the grant of Self Government, formed the Anglo-Maltese Party, which soon afterward amalgamated with the Maltese Constitutional and became the Constitutional Party under his leadership. As such, Strickland was the leader of the Opposition between 1921‑1927. After the 1927 elections, Strickland, whose party together with the Labour Party had a majority in the Legislative Assembly, became Head of Ministry. The most important events of his administration were without any doubt his clash with the Senate, which led to the issue of Letters Patent which curtailed its powers, and his concurrent clash with the Ecclesiastical Authorities which led to the suspension of the Constitution in 1930. Between July 1932 and November 1933, Lord Strickland was again the leader of the Opposition, and was again the leader of the Opposition, and after the grant of a new Constitution in 1939, he became the leader of the elected majority in the Council of Government. Lord Strickland died at his residence at Casal Attard on 22 August 1940 and was buried in the family chapel at the Cathedral Church at Mdina.
Married firstly to Lady Edeline Sackville-West, the daughter of the 7th Earl de la Warr, and had surviving issues, with no sons. Married secondly to Margaret Hulton, with no issue from this marriage.
Lord Strickland, becoming the only Maltese to be created a Title in the United Kingdom, though the title becoming Extinct on his death in 1940. He was Leader of the Opposition of Government in Malta 1921-27, Head of Ministry for Police and Justice 1927-32, member of the Senate and leader of the opposition in Malta 1933.
Founder of the Allied Malta Newspapers Ltd, Established cotton and sugar factories in the Leeward Islands, Created C.M.G 1889, K.C.M.G 1897, G.C.M.G 1913 and raised to the peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Strickland of Sizergh 1928.
He fought with the Count Sant Cassia over Roman Villa, which were owned by the Sant-Cassia family. After many battles and punch‑ups with the Count Sant Cassia, Sir Gerald managed to acquire the villa for the Maltese government, which for many centuries had been owned by the Barons of Ghariexem e Tabia.
None of Sir Gerald's sons survived infancy, but he was succeeded in his Maltese titles by his eldest grandson thru the female line, and his descendants. The family are the Hornyold-Stricklands, Counts of Catena.
The Barony became extinct upon his death: Sir Gerald Strickland was thus the only Maltese to be a peer of the British realm.